The Jolicloud team has announced that the final release of Jolicloud “Robby” is due out before the end of the month. The update will incorporate a number of features we’ve already told you about, including support for Intel Atom Pine Trail and VIA C7-M processors. But there are two major new features:

  1. The web app platform will be based on the Google Chrome browser rather than Mozilla Prism
  2. There’s a new desktop mode designed for nettops and other computers with screens larger than 11 inches

The desktop mode makes a lot of sense, since there are plenty of nettops out there with the same guts as netbooks (Intel Atom processors, Windows XP or 7, integrated graphics or NVIDIA ION). But the move from Prism to Chrome for the web apps is a pretty big deal.

According to the folks at Jolicloud, this will lead to a faster browsing experience, more efficient memory use, and support for Chrome extensions in all web apps. It will also help performance on ARM-based netbooks and tablets.

The default web browser for Jolicloud is still Firefox. But the Chrome rendering engine will handle all the web apps you’ve “installed” on your system.

The new release will also be the first that the Jolicloud team says is compatible with 100% of the netbooks on the market with Intel processors. That includes systems with older Intel Celeron CPUs or the latest Atom Pine Trail chips as well as computers with NVIDIA ION graphics or Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerators.

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3 replies on “Jolicloud netbook OS getting nettop support, faster web apps”

  1. Can I have touch screen support for my T91MT? Pretty please? =(

  2. I’ve used Jolicloud before, and moving the web application interface over to Chrome makes sense since there are so many Google applications that are coming out. Not to mention Google’s recent acquisition of Picnik, which allows users to edit photos in a browser.

  3. I’ve been playing with Jollicloud with an old 13″ laptop I inherited on it’s way to the dustbin of history and I’ve got to say I like the OS. If they could make it work with ARM, I’d love to play with it on some of those devices as they roll out.

    I’ve got to say it was easy to install, and although I haven’t dug down into the ‘Linux’ of it, and have just been tooling around using the GUI tools, it’s been pretty satisfying, and a bit of a change (to say the least) from my Linux experiences of 2000-2004, when I was using it full time.

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